AIMS OF THE BAHRS
The British Association of Hair Restoration Surgery is a non-profit association of professionals practising in the British Isles with an interest in hair loss, hair restoration including hair transplant surgery, hair research and education.
Its purposes as laid out in the Associations Constitution include:
- To promote the understanding and reputation of hair restoration surgery in the United Kingdom.
- To foster the communication of information relating to hair restoration surgery amongst members, other practitioners and other professional bodies.
- To advance all aspects of the professional practice of hair restoration surgery to high standards of competence, conduct and ethics and to promote education in appropriate skills.
- To represent members, to assist members to protect their interests, and to offer members support in matters relating to hair restoration surgery practice.
- To determine the appropriate membership category for persons with an interest in hair restoration.
- To promote the knowledge of the purpose and membership of the Association.
- To affiliate to or become a member of and to encourage affiliateship with or membership of associations or societies whose objects are similar to those of the Association, both in other countries and trans-nationally.
- To organise and conduct scientific programs and meetings for the benefit of members of the Association and maintain appropriate databases and records relating to the Associations objects.
All BAHRS Members are expected to sign the Code of Conduct relevant to their profession which outlines the honourable behaviour expected of them.
Furthermore, the BAHRS prides itself in having set Professional Standards for Hair Transplant Surgeons and Hair Transplant Surgical Assistants. These standards deal with principles of practice and are not meant to address clinical outcomes. The BAHRS does not have authority to discipline doctors who fail to comply with the BAHRS Professional Standards for Hair Transplant Surgeons (members of the public who have concerns about a doctors conduct need to report these to the General Medical Council) but it does retain the right to expel doctors from the Association whose behaviour is found to be at odds with standards set by the Association.
ISHRS GLOBAL COUNCIL MEMBER
The purpose of the ISHRS Global Council, which was founded in 2013, is to create unity in the field amongst the leaders of the national hair restoration surgery societies.
The Global Council provides a forum for exchange to discuss issues in hair restoration surgery facing the various countries and is used as a sounding board, to ask advice, and as a support for the member societies. The ISHRS may use the Global Council to assess specific member needsof a particular country, to assess trends, and to determine ways to attract new members from the various countries.
Member societies may wish to work together on future educational programs or help each other in promoting their meetings (e.g. swapping mailing labels, listing each others meetings in society newsletters and website, exchanging website links. The Global Council is treated as an ISHRS committee, as far as being listed in the ISHRS directory and meeting annually at the ISHRS annual meeting.
Benefits of the Global Council to National Societies include:
- Sharing of experiences one national society may have solved a problem facing anothernational society
- Helping to regulate the calendar of yearly meetings sensibly coordinating, avoiding clashes
- Publication in Forum of national society meetings
- Uniform educational and certification system
- Strength in numbers for negotiations with other medical societies and government bodies, e.g., restrictions of practice